Felling fin­ished on Karamu Stream

Havelock North Village Press - - News -

The felling of large wal­nut and po­plar trees along the stretch of Karamu Stream be­tween Crosses Road and Have­lock Road is now com­plete, and Hawke’s Bay Re­gional Coun­cil is en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to take a walk down the newly re­opened stretch of the stream and see what a dif­fer­ence it has made.

“The area looks big­ger and more invit­ing,” says re­gional coun­cil com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager Drew Broadley.

“And the na­tive plant­ings that have been in shadow are al­ready start­ing to perk up.

“The felling has been timed so the na­tive plant­ings have win­ter to ac­cli­ma­tise be­fore they face the Hawke’s Bay sun next sum­mer.”

Plant­ing of the na­tive trees started as a mil­len­nium project, headed by the St Columba’s Have­lock North En­vi­ron­men­tal House Group led by Cyril and Het­tie Park, in 1997.

Jim Watt, a founder mem­ber of the group, says the in­ten­tion was al­ways to re­move the ma­ture trees as the na­tive plant­ings be­came es­tab­lished.

“We started plant­ing at the Have­lock Road bridge and did about 100m at a time un­til, 10 years later, we ended up at Crosses Road Bridge.

“The schools did a lot of plant­ing. In sum­mer we formed chain gangs with buck­ets to wa­ter the plant­ings.”

Six of the 100-year-old wal­nut trees have been re­tained, in con­sul­ta­tion with the pub­lic and with ad­vice from an ar­borist. Six­teen wal­nut trees and 21 poplars were re­moved.

The poplars and wal­nut branches were chipped and the chip­pings will be used lo­cally, while tim­ber from the wal­nut trees has been pur­chased by a Have­lock North res­i­dent and will be used for build­ing work and fur­ni­ture.

Res­i­dents in the Mary Doyle Trust Life­care Com­plex vil­las that were for­merly shaded by the trees say they are de­lighted to see the sun com­ing through their win­dows, es­pe­cially with win­ter loom­ing.

The re­gional coun­cil wanted the work fin­ished and the path­way re­opened as quickly as pos­si­ble to give peo­ple back their recre­ational space, Drew says.

The stretch be­tween the Have­lock Road and Crosses Road bridges is part of an ex­ten­sive Hawke’s Bay Re­gional Coun­cil Te Karamu en­hance­ment scheme, which aims to cre­ate a rib­bon of na­tive plants and birdlife along the length of the Karamu Stream.

TIM­BER! The tress be­ing re­moved.

LEFTOEVERS: Wood chips cre­ated from the felled trees to be used lo­cally.

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